Mummies Discovered in Central Egypt

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A group of Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the country's Minya province, the antiquities ministry announced on Saturday, according to AFP.

Pointing to the edges of the necropolis where legs and feet of other mummies could be seen, the minister said that the find "will be much bigger", as work is now in only a preliminary stage.

The mummies have not yet been dated but are believed to date to Egypt's Greco-Roman period.

The discovery follows on the heels of the uncovering of several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor in April.

Millions of tourists visited Egypt every year to see its Giza Pyramids - the only surviving monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and its ancient pharaonic temples and relics.

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It could herald even more discoveries in the area, he said.

"The discovery is still at its beginning", Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters.

Archaeologists from Cairo University, working in excavations, believe that the discovered tomb can be 17, and at least 32 of the mummy, in which embalmed including the remains of women, children and infants.

He said the papyri would be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum for restoration. However, in 2011, there was an uprising that caused the country to fall into years of unrest, and the tourists stopped coming out of fear for their own safety.

"2017 has been a historic year for archaeological discoveries", said Anani. "It is as if our ancestors are sending a message for tourism to come back strongly". These discoveries, such as the mummies found, are not only a benefit to Egypt's economy, but they are also an important insight into what life was like back when those people lived.